Saturday, November 28, 2009

Shopping For Gamers

This post is more for the non-gamers in the world. Today, we're going to talk about how to shop for gamers like me.

Now I'm not going to kid you, shopping for gamers is nearly impossible, especially if you don't play video games. The problem is, even if you know the genre a person likes, two games which look the same and cost the same can be totally different. One can be high end caviar while the other, cat fud, mariner's delight.

And, given the difference is so great, if the person does give you a list of games they want, where's the surprise? Finally, reading about gaming will give you very little insight, because gamers are so different.

That said, here's a few tips I've accumulated:

  1. Stay away from gift cards
    • Cash only more restrictive? Better to give a photo frame with real cash.

  2. Ask a friend or coworker of your gamer
    • Gamers can be social, ask around you might get lucky

  3. Make sure the game matches the system
    • Giving Halo to someone owning a PS3 is kinda like giving catnip to a dog. It doesn't really work.

  4. Take your gamer shopping for systems
    • I know, it ruins the surprise, but it will make sure they get the right gift.

  5. Don't rely on/be fooled by game covers/sales people
    • Wario Ware for the Wii came with a pink cover. That doesn't mean it is a game for girls.

Good luck and have a great holiday season. And cash is always good.

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